Standard Format for Importing Questions

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´╗┐Standard Format for Importing Questions

Respondus will import multiple choice, true-false, paragraph, short answer, matching, and multiple response questions. The plain text, rich-text, or MS Word file must be organized in the "Standard Format" before it can be imported into Respondus.

Many people choose to create their file first in Word, then save a copy of it as a plain text (.txt) file.

Directions for formatting your document into the Standard Respondus format are below. For directions on how to import a Standard Format document, skip to the last page of this handout.

Multiple Choice Questions

Each question must begin with a question number, followed by either a period "." or a parentheses ")".

The question wording must follow the question number. (Note: at least one space should be between the question number and the question wording.)

Each answer must begin with a letter (A-Z) followed by a period "." or a parentheses ")".

Example: 3. Who determined the exact speed of light? a. Albert Einstein b. Albert Michelson c. Thomas Edison d. Guglielmo Marconi

Correct answers can be indicated in two ways. First, you may place an asterisk (*) directly in front of the answer choice (do not put a space between the asterisk and the answer choice).

Example: 3) Who determined the exact speed of light? a. Albert Einstein *b. Albert Michelson c. Thomas Edison d. Guglielmo Marconi

The second option is to place a list of correct answers at the end of the file. The list must begin with the word "Answers:" and must be positioned at the end of the file. (Note: Any text after the answer list will be ignored.)

Example: Answers: 1. A 2. C 3. B 4. B

If neither method is used to select a correct answer, Respondus will automatically select the letter "A" as the correct answer.

True/False Questions

The process of importing a "true and false" question is similar to that used for importing multiple choice questions. Both of the following examples are valid ways to format a true and false question.

Example: 3) Albert Michelson determined the exact speed of light.

*a) True b) False

Example: 3) Albert Michelson determined the exact speed of light.

*a. T b. F

It's important to note that the "True" (or "T") answer choice must be listed prior to the "False" (or "F") answer choice in order for Respondus to recognize it as a true and false question type.

If you want to place the answer in list of correct answers at the end of the file, the correct answer for a true and false question can be designated in three ways: (1) using the complete words "True" and "False," (2) using the letters "T" and "F," or (3) using the alphabetical letters "A" (for true) or "B" (for false). For example, the formatting of each of the following answers is acceptable for true and false questions in which all of the answers are "true":

Example: Answers:

1. True 2. T 3. A

Matching Questions

The process of importing a "matching" question is similar to what is described above for importing multiple choice questions, but there are some key differences.

The first line of formatting must begin with "Type: MT". This is followed by the question number, and the question wording.

The answer consists of both portions of a correct match. The two parts of the match must be separated with an "=" symbol and there should not be any hard returns or blank lines within either parts of the answer.

Example: Type: MT Title: Scientific discoveries

4) Match the correct name to the discovery or theory. a. Michelson-Morely = Speed of light b. Einstein = Theory of Relativity c. Marconi = radio waves

Spaces before or after the "=" symbol are optional, but it is important that an answer only uses the = symbol for the purpose of separating the two parts of the match.

If you plan to list correct answers for other questions at the bottom of the document, simply skip the number for all questions that are of the matching variety.

Paragraph Questions

The logic for importing paragraph questions (also known as "essay" or "open-ended" questions) is similar to what is described above for multiple choice questions.

The primary difference is that the first line of formatting must begin with "Type: P".

Example: Type: P

4. How is the Michelson-Morley experiment related to Albert Einstein's theory of relativity?

If you are importing a paragraph question into an Exam file, you can supply an answer two different ways.

First, you may provide an answer immediately after the question wording, in which the answer begins with "a." or "a)".

Example: Type: P

4) How is the Michelson-Morely experiment related to Albert Einstein's theory of relativity?

a) In 1887, Albert Michelson and Edward Morely carried out experiments to detect the change in speed of light due to ether wind when the Earth moved around the sun. The result was [...] source's motion and observer's movement.

The second way to supply an answer for a paragraph question is to place it in a list of correct answers at the end of the file.

Example: Answers: 1. A 2. C 3. B 4. In 1887, Albert Michelson and Edward Morely carried out experiments to detect the change in speed of light [...] regardless of its source's motion and observer's movement. 5. B

Short Answer Questions

Short Answer questions (also known as "fill in the blank") may also be imported.

The first line of formatting for each question must begin with "Type: S". This is followed by the question number, and the question wording.

Example: Type: S 5. Who is known as the "father of television"?

Respondus allows you to import only one correct answer per question, but it does permit you to enter multiple forms of that answer.

Example: Type: S 5. Who is known as the "father of television"?

a. Zworykin b. Vladimir Zworykin c. Vladimir Kosma Zworykin

Answers can also be placed at the end of the file, using a format similar to multiple choice questions. The only difference is that you can enter multiple forms of an answer by repeating the question number.

Example: Answers: 1. A 2. C 3. B 4. C 5. Zworykin 5. Vladimir Zworykin 5. Vladimir Kosma Zworykin 6. B

To add more possible correct answers if you had more than 1 blank in the question, import your question into WebCT, then edit the question in WebCT to add more answer blanks and answer options.

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